In a disgraceful move that made even the leftist hellhole of Los Angeles look sane, the city of San Francisco this week kowtowed to the whims of an illegal immigrant by agreeing to fork over $190,000 because its authorities turned him over to immigration officials during an incident two years ago.
“What happened to me was very unfair and it was an injustice,” illegal immigrant Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno successfully argued in a lawsuit he filed months earlier, as reported by The Associated Press. “I went into the police station to seek help and they didn’t tell me what was happening and they arrested me and treated me badly.”
What a load of horse manure.
According to Fox News, Figueroa-Zarceno went to a police station in 2015 after receiving a call informing him his stolen vehicle had been recovered. To his surprise, he wound up in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement because, lo and behold, he happened to be an illegal immigrant.
Yes, that’s correct — a man who flagrantly violated America’s laws had the audacity to look to police for assistance after someone else violated the law by stealing his vehicle. Oh, the irony.
Local officers reportedly tipped off ICE agents, who promptly showed up to arrest Figueroa-Zarceno. He was subsequently jailed for two months and has been trying to ward off being deported ever since. In January, he filed a lawsuit against San Francisco, alleging that his detainment violated the city’s ill-advised sanctuary city policy. Sadly, he was correct.
As noted by The AP, the city’s law “prohibits law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration officials except when violent criminals are involved.” Figueroa-Zarceno was not a violent criminal, so San Francisco was technically in the wrong, which is why it agreed this week to settle the suit via $190,000 of taxpayer money.
The problem here isn’t that this illegal was “treated badly,” as he claimed, or that San Francisco’s cops did anything wrong.
No. The problem is the city’s mind-numbingly inane sanctuary policy, which many, including President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the GOP-led Congress, believe shouldn’t exist.
In fact, just this week the White House threw its support behind a bill, the “No Sanctuary For Criminals Act,” that would effectively defund cities such as San Francisco, forcing them to either eliminate their pro-illegal policies or contend with the loss of federal grants.
And after what just transpired in San Francisco, this bill can’t become law soon enough.
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